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Ride Reports and Touring / Re: Mountains and Motorbikes
« Last post by Stewie on Yesterday at 01:35 PM »
*Originally Posted by Zipperhead [+]
"the other look".

I know this look very well, I am frequently the recipient of my wife's version.

*Originally Posted by Zipperhead [+]
I do still have the video I shot though, complete with her atrocious singing.

Post it, post it now!
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Ride Reports and Touring / Re: Mountains and Motorbikes
« Last post by Zipperhead on Yesterday at 01:29 PM »
*Originally Posted by Stewie [+]
One question regarding lovers bridge.

Did you and the wife............? I hope you at least made the suggestion to her, no pictures required if you did.

I tried giving her "the look", but she gave me "the other look". The one that says "If you even think of trying any of that on me you'll be heading for the dentist to get your fillings put back, and the teeth they go with"

Proper fierce she is.

You have to think more positively as well.
It is not that there were no sharks, it is more that you did such a superb job of scaring them off.

True, even if I'd said that famous line she wouldn't have known what I was talking about



Fun fact
When the wife and I went on Holiday to Vienna we did a sound of music tour (wife's requirement) and I got vilified for not understanding anything they were talking about having never seen the film.
If I had seen someone running through a field singing the hills are alive I would have probably got it as the only frame of reference I have for the film.

I've never seen more than the cinema poster for it - when she and my daughter put it on I find something interesting to do.

I do still have the video I shot though, complete with her atrocious singing. I'm not sure if I would have the courage to use it as blackmail material though, not without having the air ambulance nearby.
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General Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical / Re: Air filter
« Last post by mac one on Yesterday at 12:12 PM »
Just changed the air filter yesterday (mk1) and forgot how much of a pain in the arse job it it is and another lug snapped off the side panel, super glue to the rescue again. I wonder why when the air comes in from the front the filter could not have been mounted at the front above the rad, a simple slide in from the side job. How many car air filters take that that much time to do ?
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Ride Reports and Touring / Re: Mountains and Motorbikes
« Last post by uralrob on Yesterday at 11:17 AM »


 Spectacular photography. I particularly enjoyed Capt'n Ahab. Tres 1920s.

 Rob.
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Ride Reports and Touring / Re: Mountains and Motorbikes
« Last post by Stewie on Yesterday at 07:18 AM »
One question regarding lovers bridge.

Did you and the wife............? I hope you at least made the suggestion to her, no pictures required if you did.

You have to think more positively as well.
It is not that there were no sharks, it is more that you did such a superb job of scaring them off.

Fun fact
When the wife and I went on Holiday to Vienna we did a sound of music tour (wife's requirement) and I got vilified for not understanding anything they were talking about having never seen the film.
If I had seen someone running through a field singing the hills are alive I would have probably got it as the only frame of reference I have for the film.
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Ride Reports and Touring / Re: Mountains and Motorbikes
« Last post by Zipperhead on Yesterday at 01:22 AM »
Friday 30th August

In case there are any bored humans left reading this....

A lazy Friday.

After another outdoor breakfast we walked through the old town to the lake



The bridge at the end is called the Lover’s Bridge, with a nice big park running along the edge of the lake. We had decided that we wanted to see the mountains from the lake, and the man at the boat hire place had said that morning was the best time.

It was a pretty fabulous morning to be out on a lake with very few other boats.



Here we see Cap’n Ahab keeping a watchful eye out for marauding sharks. Of which there were none.



A Versys is a lot of fun, but that was pretty good as well, there was so little else on the lake that when not posing I could just sit back and enjoy the view, steering input not being necessary for minutes at a time.



Put the harpoon down, they’re sailing dinghies not sharks!

Back on dry land we did some exciting things such as lunch, sightseeing  and then back to the flat for a nap.

About 6pm we rode the 20 miles to La Roche-sur-Foron, a small town with a medieval centre, but there was a festival of sorts going on so it was pretty crowded. A nice view from the car park though



When we got back we left the bike at the flat and walked into town to eat. Sorry if that wasn’t a very exciting day, tomorrow has lots of nice pictures, and Sunday has nice pictures and excitement.

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Saturday 31st August

Because it was quite busy during the day, I thought that I would get up early and walk into town to take some pictures while the light was good and there weren’t too many people about. There was an antique market being set up as well which added to the atmosphere.













The building in the middle was the prison, and the town hall. It’s worth visiting there and the castle.



Definitely worth getting up a little earlier for.

I called my wife and we arranged to meet for breakfast and then spent the morning wandering around looking at the stalls.

This door was tiny - perhaps 4 foot 6 high



I wonder how many times it’s been off to have the bottom planed?





After lunch we visited the prison and the castle on the hill above. The castle had a very interesting exhibition on the local boat builder with some of his boats and the small boat (almost a model) that he had to build to be accepted as a master boat builder. Stunning workmanship, but unfortunately too dark for any pictures. You’ll just have to go and see it yourselves.

In the evening we rode the 20 miles up to the Gličres Plateau. There were a couple of reasons that we wanted to go. The road…



The plateau is round the back where the red pin is. Going up that road, before we got to the hairpin section I couldn’t even work out how a road could get up there, it looked impossible. When I have a chance, I’ll try and edit the footage of the journey up.



The national monument of the resistance is there, also in the middle of that picture a cross



One of the resistance fighters, Edouard Credoz.

Another, happier reason for going there was that my wife wanted to be filmed appearing running up an alpine meadow singing “the hills are alive”, as a joke for a friend in Patagonia. So we filmed that, passing walkers gave us very strange looks!

Just after the car park the road becomes a gravel track



But this is in fact the road down the other side (there is only one road on each side). I had been curious to see it because the 2020 Tour de France was due to come over here, so either they would be climbing the gravel road and going down the switchback, or climbing up the steep road and then racing down a gravel road. Either way would be exciting and normally it would be showing on the screens in the office so I would have watched that part, except I wasn’t in the office.

The sun was setting so we rode back down the mountain, no heroics, and parked the bike back at the flat so that we could walk into town for food.

That’s enough for tonight. You’ll have to wait until later for the next episode which will have scenery and excitement.
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General Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical / Re: Rattle / Noise
« Last post by jdoyle on Nov 30, 2020, 10:18 PM »
Hey Rob
Thanks for your reply
There is about 3mm of play at the lever

Tomorrow I will try pushing the bike in gear with the clutch in

The clutch does not feel like it is slipping or anything going up hills  i'm just a little concerned about the noise / rattle
Maybe if I get a chance tomorrow I will record it

I picked up a chain alignment tool & also cleaned and oiled the chain
Re-checked the Tension
And also checked that the front sprocket was still tight and the locking washer still in place

Thanks for your input much appreciated :-)
J
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General Maintenance, Servicing, and Mechanical / Re: Rattle / Noise
« Last post by uralrob on Nov 30, 2020, 09:52 PM »


 
  "The lever on the side of the engine that operates the clutch does not seem to go back all the way when released you can push it back a bit more with your finger about 2mm."

  Normal free play imo. How much free play at the lever?

 If the clutch is not disengaging when you squeeze the clutch lever you won't be able to push the bike when it is in gear.

 As long as it's working properly I wouldn't worry about it. In a combined 300 000 km on two V 650s I've had no clutch problems.

 Rob.
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I shall have my hair done , and buy a new frock.  :celebrate:
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Electrics, Lighting, Battery, and Wiring / Re: Oxford heated grips help
« Last post by jdoyle on Nov 30, 2020, 09:17 PM »
*Originally Posted by Maverick [+]
Cool handy tip that  :020:
J
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